Oct 20

Formula One teams United States Grand Prix free practice report

United States Grand Prix Formula One free practice report

150x80-flagworldf1Today’s report from Formula One teams & drivers in Austin, Texas at Circuit of the Americas.



Formula One teams United States Grand Prix free practice results

1 Hamilton Mercedes 1:34.668 130.271 mph
2 Verstappen Red Bull 1:35.065 0.397
3 Vettel Ferrari 1:35.192 0.524
4 Bottas Mercedes 1:35.279 0.611
5 Ricciardo Red Bull 1:35.463 0.795
6 Raikkonen Ferrari 1:35.514 0.846
7 Alonso McLaren 1:36.304 1.636
8 Massa Williams 1:36.460 1.792
9 Perez Force India 1:36.481 1.813
10 Ocon Force India 1:36.490 1.822
11 Sainz Renault 1:36.529 1.861
12 Hulkenberg Renault 1:36.534 1.866
13 Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:36.761 2.093
14 Magnussen Haas 1:37.285 2.617
15 Vandoorne McLaren 1:37.463 2.795
16 Stroll Williams 1:37.788 3.120
17 Hartley Toro Rosso 1:37.987 3.319
18 Wehrlein Sauber 1:38.165 3.497
19 Ericsson Sauber 1:38.262 3.594
20 Grosjean Haas 1:38.387 3.719
01 - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport

2017 United States Grand Prix – Friday

Lewis tops the timesheets in both practice sessions

  • Lewis finished the morning session in P1 with Valtteri in P3
  • Lewis ended the day in P1 with Valtteri in P4 in the afternoon session
  • Both drivers ran the Intermediate and the SuperSoft compound tyre in FP1
  • Lewis then used the Soft and UltraSoft tyres in FP2, Valtteri the SuperSofts and the UltraSofts
Driver Chassis No. P1 P2
Lewis Hamilton F1 W08 EQ Power+/05 18 Laps 1:36.335 P1 26 Laps 1:34.668 P1
Valtteri Bottas F1 W08 EQ Power+/03 10 Laps 1:36.979 P3 39 Laps 1:35.279 P4

Lewis Hamilton
It’s been an interesting day with lots of ups and downs in terms of how the track has moved around and how the car feels. But overall the car was feeling good. There are lots of areas we can improve on, but generally it feels like a solid platform and a solid start to the weekend. It was amazing to have so much support at the fan signing today and also arriving at the track yesterday. I seem to have a lot of support out here, which I am super grateful for. I’m excited to see everyone tomorrow.

Valtteri Bottas
The first practice was compromised by the weather. We struggled to get many laps, and I also flat spotted at the tyres in FP1 quite badly, so we had limited running. But in second practice we got a lot of running done, both short runs and long runs. So in the end, we got everything from today that we needed. Setup-wise I think we have the usual work to do. Overall, it has been a pretty normal day. I enjoyed today, but I’m hoping there is more to come tomorrow. Hopefully it stays dry over the weekend, it would be nicer for the teams and the fans.

James Allison
That’s a promising start to the weekend. We have plenty of areas to improve, but we are generally quite happy with the car on all the rubber and both fuel loads. However, we are also conscious that Ferrari had a bit of a troubled day today, so maybe we haven’t yet really seen where the opposition are at. I’m sure Valtteri will settle into the car a bit more overnight and we’ll get it more to his liking. The early promise is of a decent weekend.

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01 - Infiniti Red Bull Racing

Red Bull Racing


  • First Practice session: 1:37.339, Position: 4, Laps: 21
  • Second Practice Session: 1:35.065, Position: 2, Laps: 30

“After a challenging year it’s a good feeling to sign a new contract and continue this strong relationship. I really believe in the team and they believe in me, we have a great working relationship and they gave me the chance to start a career in Formula One. We have had our ups and downs this year but I still feel really good in the team, you can see they have been working really hard to improve and today shows that we are again competitive. I enjoy being in this team which is very important for me so that’s why I decided to extend my contract. If we can learn from what happened this year I have no doubt that this team can build the best car on the grid and start 2018 competing at the front. I have learnt a lot this year after what has happened, which is definitely positive. Today we showed good pace both in long run simulation and short stints so I think we have the ability to achieve a good result here.”



  • First Practice Session: 1:39.366 Position: 16, Laps: 14
  • Second Practice Session: 1:35.463 Position: 5, Laps: 24

“It was not that easy today actually. The grip on the circuit was really low for what we were expecting with lap times. It’s humid so the tyres were getting really hot and then you struggle to generate the desirable grip on the car. We have a few things we can obviously try for tomorrow, now that we understand a bit more from these sessions. We didn’t really have the ideal set up but I think with all those things considered we’re not a million miles off the pace and if we can get it right tomorrow we can still be up there. That’s our target and that’s realistic so we’ll work on that and hopefully you’ll see us amongst the top three tomorrow.”


Age is just a number…

…but some numbers are way larger than other. Brendon Hartley this weekend makes his Formula One debut at our sister team Toro Rosso at the age of 27. Now, in an era of Max Verstappen making his debut at 17 and Lance Stroll competing for the first time at the age of 18, starting your first race at 27 might seem superannuated but compared with these sporting rookies, Brendon’s a mere baby…

1. The oldest PGA Tour debutant was American Allen Doyle, who was 47 years, five months, and six days old when he completed his rookie season in 1996. Doyle had been a top amateur player for many years, playing mostly in the US south and in his home state of Georgia. However, targeting a stint in the PGA Seniors’ Tour for over-50s, Doyle turned pro in 1995 and took three victories on what was then the second tier Nike Tour, including the Championship title. That allowed him to join the big tour, though he failed to win any of the events in which he competed. Still, the goal was the Seniors’ Tour and when he graduated to that Doyle was a huge success. He went on to win seven senior tournaments, two US Senior Opens, and an additional two other major senior championships in his later career.

2. The oldest FIFA World Cup debutant is England goalkeeper David James. The netminder made his international debut in a friendly against Mexico on 29 March 1997. He was then included in the country’s 2002 and 2006 World Cup squads but did not feature. However, in 2010 he was chosen to wear the number 1 jersey at the finals in South Africa and he finally made his first ever World Cup appearance in in the 0-0 draw against Algeria. In doing so he became the oldest World Cup debutant at the age of 39 years and 321 days.

3. For the oldest Olympic Games debutant you have to go all the way back to 1904 when America’s Thomas Foster Scott took part in the archery tournament. Born in Ohio on January 3, 1833, Scott competed in the men’s double American round and the men’s double York round, but did not win any medals. How old was Scott when he fired his first Olympic bolt? He was 71 years and 260 days, making him still the oldest person to make an Olympic debut. He died six years after competing.

4. The oldest person to debut at the Tour de France is Australian marvel Mathew Hayman. The Sydney-born cyclist turned pro in 2000 but spent the next 14 years working hard as an increasingly experienced and respected domestique, taking on supporting roles within a team. Each year as the Tour de France came into view he found himself in training camps and nondescript races in Austria or Belgium and it looked like his dream of a Tour start had gone. However in 2014 everything changed and he made his Tour debut at the age of 36. The event was something of a watershed for Hayman and two years later he triumphed at the classic Paris-Roubaix race at the 15th attempt. He’s even had a film made of his life, ‘All for One’, and this year signed a 2018 contract with the Australian Orica-Scott team. Hayman will turn 40 next April 20.

5. And finally we turn to the oldest F1 debutant and, well, in that regard Brendon really is a youngster. Back in 1952 Arthur Legat made his Formula One World Championship debut at the Belgian Grand Prix at the ripe old age of 53 years, seven months and 22 days. A garage owner from Haine-St-Pierre near Charleroi in Belgium, he competed in the Grand Prix des Frontières, a dangerous race on open roads near Chimay, 25 times from 1926 to 1959. He won twice, 1931 and 1932, in a Bugatti T37A. Then, after WWII, he bought a German Veritas Meteor in 1951 and raced the car in the 1952 and 1953 Belgian GP. He was classified 13th on his first attempt and failed to finish the following year.

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Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

United States Grand Prix – Mixed weather and a mixed-up day

“The car is quick, no need to worry”

Once again, the SF70H car proved to be quick, but Seb’s practice was disrupted by a less-than perfect feeling with the car at the end of P2, when he was about to start long runs. In the end, he had to spend most of the afternoon session in the garage. Kimi had a more straightforward Friday and now Scuderia Ferrari is back at work to seek further improvement ahead of P3 and Qualifying tomorrow.

“It was a complicated afternoon” Seb commented “and not an easy session, but the car is quick, so we don’t need to worry too much about it. The only lap I had was the one with the Ultrasofts. Before that, I made a mistake taking too much risk and pushing too early. The track was quite slippery and I lost the rear under braking. So, we lost a set of tires, and then again, towards the end of the session, I felt that something was not right with the car. So, we checked a couple of times and now we are looking at the car to see if we can find something. I need to find the rhythm tomorrow and make sure everything’s in order”.

“In the morning the weather was a bit tricky to start with, but all in all it was an ok day,” said Kimi. “Just a normal Friday, in which we tried different things and learned as much as possible. Every circuit can be tricky when you’re trying to go fast, and for sure there can always be an improvement; but it was only the first day of practice. We don’t know what the other teams were doing and obviously it’s too early to make any predictions. All we know is that tonight we have some work to do for tomorrow”.

source: formula1.ferrari.com2017 photo album

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Sahara Force India F1 Team

2017 United States Grand Prix: Practice Report


FP1 1:37.861 P9 20 laps
FP2 1:36.481 P9 28 laps

Sergio: “We can be quite happy about today’s work. We gathered a lot of data and we’re in a good place for the rest of the weekend, even if I wasn’t overly convinced about the development tyres we tried this morning. It’s going to be tight to be best of the rest, but I am confident we can do that: the car has been feeling good, especially in hotter conditions, so we have a good base to build on.”


FP1 1:37.808 P8 25 laps
FP2 1:36.490 P10 34 laps

Esteban: “It was a positive day overall, testing different things on the car and working towards the ideal set-up. Finding the balance hasn’t been as immediate and easy as it was in Malaysia and Suzuka, so we still have a little bit of work to do, but we are getting closer to where I want it to be. I have no doubt it will be much better tomorrow. We still need to find something in the slow-speed corners and that’s where we will concentrate this evening.”


“Despite a damp morning session, we worked our way through the job list and collected information on all three tyre compounds. Track temperatures were quite cool in the morning, but rose in the afternoon to levels that are more representative of what we expect for the rest of the weekend. This is a challenging track on which to strike the right balance between the high and low-speed sections, and that is where we will continue to focus our attention tonight. By the time we were doing long runs at the end of FP2, both drivers were happier, even though there’s still work to do ahead of qualifying. Overall, it was a pretty standard Friday which sets us up well for the rest of the weekend.”

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Williams Martini Racing

United States Grand Prix Practice

Paddy Lowe, Chief Technical Officer: We had a slightly damp start but we managed to get some good runs, comparing the baseline intermediate tyre with a new intermediate test tyre that Pirelli have brought to this event. We also managed a few of our own tests in the midst of that. In the rest of FP1, we completed a dry tyre run on each car and got a good baseline. FP2 was run to a more normal plan, comparing the soft and ultrasoft on Felipe’s car and the supersoft and ultrasoft on Lance’s car. Felipe’s pace looked reasonably good, unfortunately Lance had a loose headrest on his low fuel lap with the ultrasoft so his ultimate time on the sheet was compromised. It’s a very tight midfield, as always, so we need to work hard overnight to find every little bit of margin to get ourselves good grid positions tomorrow.

Felipe Massa:  It was a good Friday and it’s nice to be in the top 10. I feel the car is competitive so I’m happy. I was happy with the balance, and even in the wet conditions this morning the car felt okay. I really hope tomorrow we have a car as competitive as the one we had today so we can hopefully fight at the front and score some points.

Lance Stroll: It was okay and the usual Friday, getting into it and figuring everything out for tomorrow. We had a couple of issues here and there with little things like the headrest coming loose on my best lap so I couldn’t complete it, but all in all it was okay. Because of the problems in Japan, and again here with the headrest, I have never been able to feel the car with the new wing and the new configuration. That is a bit frustrating so we just have to start putting things together to finish the runs to show where we are. The car feels competitive so it is just about putting it all together tomorrow.

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05 - McLaren Mercedes

McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team

2017 United States Grand Prix – free practice


Friday at the Circuit of The Americas ended productively for both drivers despite a challenging start. The morning session began under cloudy skies with drizzle in the air, making track conditions difficult to read and data gathering tricky.

On his first run after the installation lap, the team detected a hydraulic issue on Fernando’s car, and his session was aborted while the team investigated the issue and endeavoured to fix it. The team managed to get him back out on track 10 minutes before the end of the session, but weren’t satisfied with the fix, and despite a total of four installation laps did not set a time.

The team opted to flip Fernando’s test programme to Stoffel’s car in an effort to gather as much data as possible, which meant a very busy but productive session for him. His run plan consisted of aero correlation, set-up changes with new components and tyre tests, which were completed successfully and he finished the first session in fifth place after 26 laps.

Both drivers had a more productive second session, completing longer runs and making various set-up changes during a number of practice pit stops. Fernando completed 28 laps, Stoffel 31, and they finished seventh and 15th respectively on the timesheets.
The drivers

Fernando Alonso

  • #FA14  MCL32-05
  • FP1 No time set 4 laps 20th
  • FP2 1m36.304s (+1.636s) 28 laps 7th

“We lost the first session this morning because of an hydraulic issue, which was quite painful because we had several items to test, including for next year. We tried to catch up in the second session but it was difficult, so I think we’ll try them again in Mexico.

“I believe there’s still quite a bit to get out of the car – still some tenths to find, which I think probably everyone will find.

“We know Verstappen and Hulkenberg have penalties, so if we manage to get into Q3 tomorrow, we’ll be able to start from an even better position. But if we don’t make it into Q3, and we can start eighth or ninth on new tyres, it could be very good too.

“It’s nice to drive on this track with this year’s cars. It’s much more fun, especially through the fast corners in the first sector. There are many more bumps than last year, so we’re holding tight on the steering wheel and with the seatbelt tightly fastened. But it’s fun!”

Stoffel vandoorne

  • #SV2  MCL32-04
  • FP1 1m37.352s (+1.017s) 26 laps 5th
  • FP2 1m37.463s (+2.795s) 31 laps 15th

“Today was a reasonable Friday overall. This morning we faced tricky conditions to start with, but in the end it dried up and we had a really busy first practice session trying out some new aero parts. I feel that I put in a good performance, especially considering it was my first time driving on this circuit.

“FP2 was a bit more difficult for me. We struggled during the session with some traffic and I wasn’t 100 per cent happy with the car balance, but the long-run pace looked reasonable – I was a bit happier with our long-run pace than qualifying set-up.

“All in all, tomorrow we have a lot of margin to improve, but we know what we have to do and hopefully we should be lot closer.”
The management

Eric Boullier


“After a tricky start to the morning thanks to the mixed conditions, we’ve managed to make good headway with our run programme despite a compromised first session for Fernando, leading us to swap the test plan between our two cars. Both the team and drivers adapted very well and pushed hard to complete a lot of useful running in both sessions.

“Much of our running today was spent evaluating various components and conducting run plans to set us up for race day. This is a track that suits our car better than most, so it’s important that we prepare ourselves as best we can to maximise every opportunity on Sunday. Stoffel’s pace in the first session was encouraging and both drivers collected a good amount of data from their longer runs this afternoon, so we look to be in good shape going into Saturday.

“We still have a lot of work to do before both drivers are happy with the set-up of the car, but, providing we can maintain good reliability, we hope we can have another productive day tomorrow where we can put ourselves in the best possible position in qualifying. Although Stoffel has a five-place grid penalty, Q3 has to be our aim for both cars and we’ll see what we can do from there.”


“The first day of the United States Grand Prix began with unstable, damp weather making for tricky practice conditions. Nevertheless, Stoffel was able to run though his programme as scheduled. Fernando lost some time in FP1 after the team detected a hydraulic issue, but recovered enough track time in FP2 to gather sufficient data.

“There is definitely more room to improve in terms of the set-up in FP3 for both cars, and I still think we are capable of reaching Q3 in tomorrow’s qualifying.

“This weekend we have introduced a new ICE in Stoffel’s car, and as a result he will incur a five-place grid penalty for the race on Sunday. Despite this we have a positive feeling about our PU after today’s session and we think our package will be quite competitive here.”

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Scuderia Toro Rosso

Daniil Kvyat (STR12-01, Car 26)

Second Practice Session

Best lap: 1:36.761, pos.13th, 40 laps

“I think it was a productive FP2. We were able to use plenty of the track time available and started the weekend on the right foot. We didn’t have the full day to correct the balance and issues we had, so we will now look at all of that overnight and see where we can make some progress. We’re not too far away of the guys ahead and we will aim to make a good improvement in order to be in that mix.”

Brendon Hartley (STR12-04, Car 39)

First Practice Session

Best lap: 1:39.267, pos. 14th, 28 laps

Second Practice Session

Best lap: 1:37.987, pos. 17th, 41 laps

“A steep learning curve today! It all went pretty smoothly and I kept the car on track without making too many mistakes, so I’m quite happy. I didn’t really know what to expect from today because I just had so much to learn! I think I made quite a big progression throughout the day. The biggest difference from what I’m used to is the high-speed grip, it’s incredible here in Formula 1…it was quite an eye-opener! Another challenge are the tyres, which are also quite different to what I’m used to. On the other hand, the long-run looks quite positive and I did a good job managing the tyres there – the biggest thing I need to work on now is the new tyre pace, and I’ll get another crack at it tomorrow morning before qualifying. All in all, I’d say it’s all coming together. We’ll now work hard and go through plenty of data tonight and hopefully I’ll make another step forward tomorrow.”

Sean Gelael (STR12-01, Car 38)

First Practice Session

Best lap: 1:40.406, pos. 17th, 25 laps

“Another FP1 in tricky conditions… It seems like I’m bringing the rain to each track I’m driving at: it’s rained at every single Free Practice session I’ve had up until now! It’s a bit of a shame, but looking at the positive side, I’m well prepared in the wet! We were quite competitive at the start of the session. Then, when the track got quicker, my intermediate tyres were a bit warn out… After that, on the slicks, I got caught in a bit of traffic during my fast lap, so I lost a bit of time there, but overall it’s been okay and we were able to do many laps, which is always good. Hopefully next week in Mexico it stays dry!”

Jonathan Eddolls (Chief Race Engineer)

“A very busy day. We started off with three completely different drivers to the ones we had at the last race, which was interesting and exciting. Sean was in for this morning’s FP1 and he did some really good aero testing for us. This was important to validate some aero components. It was great to have Daniil back in the car – he was in for FP2. It’s also been fantastic to welcome Brendon to the team – he’s settled in straight away. The target was to give all of the drivers lots of laps. FP1 started off damp, which gave us the opportunity to test a new prototype inter tyre here, so we gave them that to learn and gather some data – it’s the same construction but a different compound. From the first run Brendon suffered from significant helmet lift, so we had to make quite a few changes throughout the day to the helmet, as well as adding a windscreen to improve that. At the start of FP2 we reached the point where he was comfortable in the car but we’ll do some small modifications again for tomorrow, but all in all he’s happy and performed very well. Daniil did a great job, getting straight back into it like he hadn’t been away. He’s really happy with the car and showed good low-fuel pace. We need to look at the high-fuel pace and degradation to see what we can do to learn for Sunday – ours was a little bit higher than expected, so we will look into that. We also had some new mechanical components to test across the cars, so we were also evaluating those today. Regarding the fact that Brendon will have a 25 grid position penalty, this is something that affects our decisions for tomorrow; especially in terms of tyre selection. Because we had to choose the tyres for this event several months ago, prior to knowing about the engine penalty, it even affected our choice for today. For Sunday, we’re saving more tyres of the harder type for Brendon, to give him maximum flexibility in the race. The focus for him is on long-run performance and giving him a car that he can overtake with in the race, whereas for Daniil, it’s a more conventional weekend, so the focus is on pure qualifying performance and not forgetting that he needs good long-run pace as well… The philosophy and set-up across the cars might be different to reflect that.”

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11 - Haas F1 Team

Haas F1 Team


Event:  Free Practice 1 and Free Practice 2 (FP1 and FP2)

Date:  Friday, Oct. 20

Location:  Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas

Layout:  5.513-kilometer (3.426-mile), 20-turn track

FP1 Weather:  Cloudy with intermittent drizzle

FP1 Air Temps:  19.5-20.7 degrees Celsius (67.1-69.3 degrees Fahrenheit)

FP1 Track Temps:  22.2-23.9 degrees Celsius (72-75 degrees Fahrenheit)

FP2 Weather:  Partly cloudy

FP2 Air Temps:  25.1-27.5 degrees Celsius (77.2-81.5 degrees Fahrenheit)

FP2 Track Temps:  30.2-34.6 degrees Celsius (86.4-94.3 degrees Fahrenheit)

Drivers:  Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen

FP1 Rundown

Magnussen:  11th quick (1:38.408), 16 laps completed

Grosjean:  15th quick (1:39.336), 17 laps completed

Fastest Driver:  Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes (1:36.335)

Most Laps:  Brendon Hartley of Toro Rosso (28 laps)

FP2 Rundown

Magnussen:  14th quick (1:37.285), 17 laps completed

Grosjean:  20th quick (1:38.387), 26 laps completed

Fastest Driver:  Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes (1:34.668)

Most Laps:  Brendon Hartley of Toro Rosso (41 laps)


The 17th round of the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship began with practice Friday at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, as teams prepared for the United States Grand Prix Sunday.

Two 90-minute sessions – FP1 and FP2 – on the 5.513-kilometer (3.426-mile), 20-turn track were on the docket, with FP1 completed under a cloudy sky with intermittent drizzle. This forced teams onto the Pirelli Cinturato Green intermediate tire for the first 35 minutes of the session before the track finally dried out enough for slicks to be used.

The wet track conditions resulted in limited running, with the home country’s Haas F1 Team taking a conservative approach in FP1.

Drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen combined for only 10 laps on the Green intermediate tires before switching to Pirelli P Zero Red supersoft tires. After six laps on intermediates, Magnussen ran 10 laps on Red supersofts, securing his fastest lap on his final tour – a 1:38.408 that placed him 11th overall. And after four laps on intermediates, Grosjean ran 13 laps on Red supersofts, earning a quick time of 1:39.336 on his 15th lap that put him 15th overall.

Leading the way in FP1 was Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, whose fast lap of 1:36.335 was .593 of a second better than the next quickest driver, Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

When FP2 began two-and-a-half hours later, the sun was out and the track was dry. And as the weather improved, so did lap times.

Magnussen wrapped FP2 as the 14th-quickest driver with a time of 1:37.285, which was 1.123 seconds better than his best lap in FP1. His quick time came on the seventh of his 17 laps shod on a set of Purple ultrasoft tires. Grosjean shaved .949 of a second off his FP1 time with a 1:38.387 earned on his eighth lap utilizing the supersoft tire. He ended the session 20th overall with 26 laps completed.

Magnussen began FP2 on Yellow soft tires and after three laps switched to ultrasofts. Grosjean started on supersofts and ran eight laps before changing to ultrasofts.

Hamilton stayed atop the leaderboard, setting the pace in FP2 with a 1:34.668 that was .397 of a second faster than next best Max Verstappen of Red Bull. In addition to setting quick time, Hamilton also set a new track record, breaking his own mark of 1:34.999 earned during qualifying for last year’s United States Grand Prix.

Between the two sessions, Haas F1 Team ran a total of 76 laps – 43 by Grosjean and 33 by Magnussen.

Romain Grosjean, driver #8

“We didn’t get the best of everything we could. We had a problem with the ultrasoft in the afternoon, so on the timesheet we are very far away. Even so, we haven’t got the sweet spot of the car. We just need to work on that. I think it’s just related to how we use the tires. We know this is something where we’re not always bang on. We need to find out where to put that. After that, I’m not too worried that the car’s going to come back to its level. It’s just getting the grip better with the compounds.”

Kevin Magnussen, driver #20

“It was a little bit inconclusive, but I wouldn’t say it’s been a bad day. It’s always good to go out and have a feel for the conditions on the inters, which we did this morning, and to see where the puddles are on track. We had a few technical issues on the car that we needed to sort – just little things – but the car feels OK. The balance doesn’t feel bad, and that’s the main thing. We have some stuff to work on for tomorrow, so we’ll see how that goes.”

Guenther Steiner, Team Principal

“It was an inconclusive FP1 and FP2. The conditions changed so much, in FP1 mainly. In the afternoon, as well, we were a little up and down. So, I cannot really assess where we are. All in all, we’re not unhappy, but we still have got work to do. There’s margin to get better. We look forward to tomorrow. We’ll see what we can do for FP3 and get prepared for qualifying.”

Next up

Drivers have one more practice session on Saturday (11:00-12:00) before qualifying starts at 16:00. Qualifying consists of three rounds, with the 15 fastest drivers from Q1 moving on to Q2. Then, the 10 fastest drivers from Q2 advance to Q3 where they’ll battle for the pole.

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Renault Sport Formula One Team

The United States Grand Prix opening day marked Carlos Sainz’s debut behind the wheel with Renault Sport Formula One Team. Sainz registered the eleventh fastest time in FP2, five thousandths of a second ahead of new team-mate Nico Hülkenberg, who finished twelfth.

Alan Permane, Sporting Director – Technical programme notes

  • In FP1, Carlos and Nico used Pirelli’s Intermediate (green) and Supersoft (red) tyres.
  • In FP2 Nico ran Soft (yellow) and Ultrasoft (pink for this event) and Carlos ran the Supersoft and Ultrasoft tyres.

What we learned today:

  • We know exactly where we stand.

Nico Hülkenberg, #27, R.S.17-04

  • Free practice 1: P13, 1:38.904, 19 laps
  • Free practice 2: P12, 1:36.534, 18 laps

Nico: “It wasn’t an ideal Friday on my side of the garage, but it’s certainly not the end of the world. We need to get the car into its sweet spot. We know what we need to improve on the car. After a moist start to the day, the track was developing all the time. Of course, it’s always great to drive the Circuit of the Americas, and I’m sure we have more in hand for tomorrow.”

Carlos Sainz, #55, R.S.17-03

  • Free practice 1: P10, 1:38.093, 24 laps
  • Free practice 2: P11, 1:36.529, 30 laps

Carlos: “It’s been a busy week with everything other than driving the car so it was fantastic to get out and drive for the team for the first time today! There was a lot to learn so I’m happy we ran through everything required. We made good progress, but we’ve got work to do as you’d expect. Tomorrow will certainly be interesting for my first qualifying session with Renault.”

Bob Bell, Chief Technical Officer:
“The rain this morning forced us to adjust our programme, but we were able to get through most of our test items and gain most of the answers we were looking for. Overall it was a reasonable day for Nico and his comments about the car were consistent with the feedback he’s given us in recent events. It was Carlos’s first run in the car, his insight was fresh and useful, and by the end of the day his feeling about the car was consistent with Nico’s. We’ve had good reinforcement of where the car is and what we need to do to improve. Carlos fitted in really quickly; he was up to speed very rapidly and did a great job.”

source: renaultsport.com2017 photo album

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Formula 1 United States Grand Prix – Practice – Friday

Weather: FP1: rainy/cloudy and damp/dry, 20-21°C air, 22-24°C track; FP2: sunny/cloudy and dry, 25-28°C air, 30-35°C track

Both practice sessions ahead of the United States Grand Prix went according to programme. In his second FP1 session for the Sauber F1 Team, Charles Leclerc had his first experience of driving on the Circuit of the Americas. In the afternoon, Pascal Wehrlein took over the Sauber C36-Ferrari. Together with Marcus Ericsson, he concentrated on the usual race preparations for the rest of the weekend.

Charles Leclerc (car number 37):

  • Sauber C36-Ferrari (Chassi 04/Ferrari)
  • 1st practice: 19th / 1:40.828 min (25 laps)

“I am very satisfied with my second FP1 session for the Sauber F1 Team. Following the wet session in Malaysia I had damp conditions at the beginning of FP1 again here in Austin. Towards the end of the session the track dried up. It was my first time in the car in these conditions. I like the track a lot; it is a lot of fun to drive. Overall, I am pleased that we got through our programme, which is the most important thing.”

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):

  • Sauber C36-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
  • 1st practice: 18th / 1:40.448 min (19 laps) / 2nd practice: 19th / 1:38.262 min (22 laps)

“It is always great to drive on this circuit; I really enjoy it. In FP1 we worked through our programme focusing on mechanical and aerodynamic tests. In the afternoon, I lost some time towards the end of FP2 due to a car issue. We are now looking into our data and working on making improvements for tomorrow’s qualifying.”

Pascal Wehrlein (car number 94):

  • Sauber C36-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari)
  • 2nd practice: 18th / 1:38.165 min (35 laps)

“I am quite satisfied with the practice session considering that I did not drive in the morning. In FP2, my objective was to complete as many laps as possible. The car felt ok in terms of the balance. Regarding the lap times, the gap to our direct competitors was not too big either. Let’s see what tomorrow brings.”

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United States Grand Prix Practice Sessions

  • Damp Conditions In The Morning, Followed By Dry Weather In The Afternoon At The Circuit Of The Americas
  • Mercedes Driver Lewis Hamilton Sets Fastest-Ever Lap Of Austin On Ultrasoft, Coloured Pink To Support Breast Cancer Care
  • Teams Also Test Prototype Intermediate Compound In The Morning

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has gone fastest in the second free practice session at Austin using the ultrasoft tyre, ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, following a morning FP1 session that started in damp conditions. This meant that all the drivers began the day’s action using the intermediates (with just one car selecting the wets) before moving onto the slicks for the second half of FP1 and the whole of FP2.

The drivers were able to test a prototype softer intermediate compound in the morning. Data has now to be analysed. These tyres used an unaltered construction. Hamilton’s fastest lap on the ultrasofts in FP2 was also the fastest-ever lap of the Circuit of the Americas, beating the previous benchmark, which was his own pole from last year.

“It was very much a day of contrasts in Austin, with damp weather in FP1 followed by warmer weather in the afternoon. And of course, one of the biggest contrasts was our pink ultrasoft tyres, compared to their usual purple colour, which certainly attracted a lot of attention! The varying conditions today meant that it was quite hard to obtain consistent data, but we saw the fastest-ever lap of Austin set in FP2 using the ultrasoft despite a tricky FP1. This morning we tried out a prototype intermediate compound, which was softer than the current compound, but with the same construction. There are still some questions to be answered about how all the compounds interact with the track this weekend.”

source: pirelli.com2017 photo album

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